Whenever I read a poem that moves me, I know I'm not alone in the world. I feel a connection to the person who wrote it, knowing that he or she has gone through something similar to what I've experienced, or felt something like what I have felt. And their poem gives me hope and courage, because I know that they survived, that their life force was strong enough to turn experience into words and shape it into meaning and then bring it toward me to share.
GREGORY ORR, All Things Considered, Feb. 20, 2006
- When it's right you can't say
- Who is kissing whom.
GREGORY ORR, Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved
- Beauty is like life itself: a dawn mist
- the sun burns off. It gives no peace, no rest.
GREGORY ORR, The Caged Owl: New & Selected Poems